Rules of Dinner

We’re taking this week to get to know each other a little, dear readers.  It doesn’t mean there won’t be anything food related, but if you’re here to see what I ate for dinner, check back next week.

fine china

It’s no secret that I love the honesty and grace with which both Jenny and her husband Andy, write about their lives, and their family table.  Dinner, a Love Story, aside from having the best moniker around, is one of my absolute, all-time favorite reads.  If you haven’t seen Jenny and Andy’s 100 Rules of Dinner yet, stop what you’re doing, and click here.

passion cake

In the same vein, I thought about some of my own, and sprinkled in those of Jenny and Andy’s with which I wholeheartedly agree (denoted by the *).  Here are A Glass of Milk’s own Rules of Dinner:

biscuits baked

  1.  *Salt the water.
  2. When in doubt, break out the fine china.
  3. When in doubt, open the bottle of wine.
  4. Pasta can never have enough Parmesan cheese.
  5. The fewer ingredients, the better.
  6. The higher quality your ingredients, the better.
  7. *Everybody should know how to properly chop an onion.
  8. There’s always room for ice cream.
  9. Eating out is rarely worth it.
  10. Unless you have a neighborhood spot you love.
  11. It’s not that salad is bad, it’s just hard to find a good one.
  12. Don’t be afraid to veer from a recipe.
  13. Finding a meal-planning rhythm can be a lifesaver.
  14. Dinner is better with friends.  The more, the merrier.
  15. Make sure there are a couple meals you love that only your husband (or some other love of your life) knows how to make.
  16. There’s no shame in calling for Chinese.
  17. There’s no shame in a second helping.
  18. He who makes dinner shalt not wash the dishes.
  19. Adding reserved pasta water to a sauce is as magical as they tell you.
  20. *If someone cooks dinner for you, and that dinner is delicious, and you enjoy eating it, say so.  Say, “Oh my God, this is so good.  This is INSANE.”
  21. It’s never too late to add one more dish to the menu.
  22. There is little in life that can’t benefit from a dollop of pesto.
  23. Or lemon zest.
  24. Dinner looks different, depending on the season.
  25. If you’re lacking a side dish, grab whatever vegetable is lurking in your refrigerator drawers, and roast the %!&$ out of it.
  26. The better your food, the less people will notice the mess in your kitchen.
  27. *There are very few problems in a kid’s life that aren’t momentarily solved by a stack of chocolate chip pancakes on a Saturday morning. (Ummm, you don’t have to be a kid for this one to work)
  28. Never mess with your mother’s recipes.
  29. A KitchenAid mixer is worth every penny you pay for it.
  30. Savor dinner, savor life.

Your turn!  What’s essential at your table?

One thought on “Rules of Dinner

  1. Do anything but complain. If someone has cooked something you don’t care for, there are a million things you can do. 1. Push it around your plate. 2. “Sorry, I shouldn’t have eaten that hoagie on the way over.” 3. “Please pass the rolls.” 4. Etc.

    In our house, when the kids were growing up, they were allowed to say, “Gosh, you know I’m just not in the mood for tofu-asparagus casserole. I’m going to fix myself a bowl of Cheerios.” This policy worked really well! SO much easier than “You have to take three bites.” I mean c’mon, who wants to take three bites of something she can’t stand?–OK, stepping down from my soapbox. Sincerely, Wooden Nickels

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